A DDS Program Coordinator screens patients to determine that they qualify for the program and matches the patient with a volunteer dentist. The dentist examines the patient before deciding to provide treatment through DDS.
The volunteer dentist’s staff schedules appointments and advises the Program Coordinator when a specialist or laboratory is needed. The Coordinator arranges for any specialist or lab services.
Patients must arrive on time for appointments at the dentist’s office or risk being disqualified from the program.
When treatment is completed, the dentist reports the procedures performed and their value based on customary fees. No additional paperwork is required of the dentist or his or her staff. Some dentists continue seeing DDS patients at a discount or continue donating routine services, but that arrangement is between the volunteer and the patient and is entirely optional.
Many DDS patients need dentures, crowns or bridges, which require fabrication by dental laboratories. The National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) endorses the DDS program and many labs volunteer to donate these appliances.
Several companies make material donations. Arrangements for these donations are made by DDS:
– Teeth: Dentsply will replace teeth used for dentures for any DDS case in which the laboratory fabrications are donated. Ivoclar Vivadent also provides teeth. – Crowns and Bridges: Argen and Ivoclar Vivadent pay for alloy a lab uses for DDS cases. 3M ESPE donates Lava blocks for zirconia restorations; Dentsply provides CERCON blocks and milling; and Ivoclar Vivadent contributes CEREC blocks, ingots and other restorative materials. Further, GC America donates ingots for its customers. – Implants: Several manufacturers donate implants and components including: 3M ESPE (mini dental implants) Nobel Biocare, Straumann, and Zimmer Biomet. Zest Anchors also provides components.